From Shelter to Success: Shalana’s Punkdemic Journey
In a heartwarming tale of resilience and determination, Shalana, the visionary behind Punkdemic, takes us on a journey from a shelter for abused women to the thriving world of fashion with a purpose.
In 1997, at the age of 19 and six months pregnant with her first child, Shalana found herself in a challenging situation. Living among severely abused women in a shelter left her feeling uncomfortable until fate led her to Casa de los Angelitos. This warm and welcoming haven not only provided her with a home but also introduced her to her lifelong friend, Antoinette.
The Amazing Transformation of Antoinette
In 1997, Antoinette found herself pregnant with her fourth child, unaware that she was actually carrying twins. Estranged from her husband and three older kids due to a harrowing battle with drug addiction, she reached a turning point when she stumbled upon Casa de los Angelitos. The compassionate support she received there became the foundation for a remarkable transformation.
At Casa de los Angelitos, Antoinette discovered a haven of compassion and understanding. The supportive community embraced her as she navigated the challenges of pregnancy while confronting her addiction. The staff provided counseling, education, and a nurturing environment that empowered Antoinette to break free from the chains of substance abuse.
Miriam Sanchez's Story
When I found out that I was pregnant in March 2019, I realized I could not continue living in my sister’s house in Santa Ana, California. I was making very little money at the time, just broke up with a long-term relationship and going through a depression.
“The moment, I stepped into the house, I loved everything about it.”
Nancy Duran’s Story
“I loved that Casa was so close to the ocean, I would go to the gym and swim or go to the beach. One thing I also really appreciated when I lived there was the ability to be driven to go grocery shopping. I tremendously enjoyed that. I loved cooking in that clean, well-maintained kitchen. Working or going to school was encouraged at Casa and within a short time, I found a job at Urban Plates restaurant since I am a good cook, working 8 hour shifts. By the time they realized I was pregnant, they decided that I was too valuable not to keep. My boyfriend, in the end, wanted to be a part of my baby’s life and decided to pay for an apartment. So I left the home when I was 8 months pregnant and am now taking care of my baby full time.”
“My name is Shannynne and Casa de los Angelitos helped out many years ago when I found myself pregnant and alone. I was working at Starbucks when I became pregnant. The man I was supposed to marry decided to change his mind and my parents told me I was on my own. I found Casa when I was about 6 months pregnant and they welcomed me with open arms. While at Casa I gave birth to my beautiful daughter who I named Dove. Also while there I met by best friend Patricia. This amazing woman told me I needed a career so she took me to school with her to become a medical assistant. We worked so hard at school and dreamed of becoming nurses together. Tragedy struck and God took my best friend to heaven. I wanted to honor Patricia so I kept on with my schooling. I am now a nurse and still going to school to one day become a doctor and will soon be getting married. I want to show my daughter that no matter what, if you want something bad enough and are willing to do the hard work, you can make your dreams come true.”